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Subramanian.R

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Zen Stories
« on: November 30, 2008, 02:53:34 PM »
A senior Zen monk and his disciples walked on the bank of a river,
and were about to cross.  The water was not very deep, but the
currents were high.  Wary of the current, a charming young woman, in mini skirts, was hesitating to cross over.  She asked the group, whether
they could carry her across.  The Zen Master quickly picked her up
onto his shoulders, transported her across the river, and placed her
back on the other bank.  She thanked him and left.

As the Master continued to walk, the disciples coming behind were
murmuring.  One of the disciples, unable to hold to his silence, spoke
out:  "Master!  The Zen scriptures say that everyone pursuing Zen
should avoid any contact with women, but how come, you picked
that woman up on your shoulders and carried her?" The Zen Master,
looked at them intently and replied in a cool voice:  " Oh! I placed
her on my shoulders and left her at the bank, long time back!  But
you are all still carrying her in your minds!"

(Source:  The Essays on Zen Buddhism, Dr. D.T. Suzuki.  3 Volumes.
Rider and Company, New York.)

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Zen Stories
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 09:05:46 PM »
nice one Subramanian Garu.

ramanaduli

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Re: Zen Stories
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010, 09:16:03 PM »
The Zen master is like our KADUVELLI SIDDHAR.



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Re: Zen Stories
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2010, 01:00:39 PM »

Dear Ramanaduli,


Yes. It stresses the fact that it is the mind/ego, which is the
culprit.  There is no doership in egoless state of the Jnani, the
Zen Master here. It is also said by Bhagavan Ramana in Day by Day entry dated 5th May 1946.

Arunachala Siva.